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Sunday 22 October 2017

Stomach
 bug may rule out Dutch master

CAPTAIN Robin van Persie may miss Holland's World Cup semi-final against Argentina as he is struggling with an upset stomach.

Van Persie has been instrumental in Holland's run to the last four of the tournament, but he had to train separately from his team-mates on Tuesday after complaining of a stomach problem.

Coach Louis van Gaal confirmed on the eve of the game in Sao Paulo that his star striker, who has scored three goals in Brazil, is a serious doubt for the last-four clash.

"He has a stomach problem, an intestinal problem. I don't know (if he will play)," Van Gaal told a press conference last night.

"I will decide on Wednesday. Van Persie is our captain so he is very important to us.

"In principle my captain always plays, but he has to be fit."

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